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Recruiting: Ivy League in PHU lineman's future?

Mark Hansson's recruitment has an interesting twist.

In addition to boasting offers from Division I-A programs Colorado State, Connecticut, Florida International and Indiana, the standout Palm Harbor University offensive lineman also has one from Harvard.

And right now, the Crimson apparently are in the hunt.

"They're all even," Hansson said.

He can't be serious. Can he?

"Yes," Hansson insisted.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hansson, who has made an official visit to Colorado State, will make an official visit to Harvard on Dec. 4.

"I need to see how I feel about the players and coaches," Hansson said. "That's going to be a big factor."

Harvard has several things working in its favor. For starters, it's Harvard.

"It might be the best school in the world," said Hansson, who plans to study business or law.

Harvard also has a solid football program under Tim Murphy, who once coached at Cincinnati. Additionally, the Crimson can offer early playing time, Hansson said.

Now, the minuses:

Harvard won't be appearing on CBS any time soon, doesn't compete in bowls or the I-AA playoffs and doesn't offer academic scholarships.

"That's the only downside," Hansson said.

Can the Crimson pull Hansson away from the lure of I-A football? Hansson isn't sure just yet, but when asked if he could picture himself in a Harvard uniform, he didn't hesitate.

"Yes," Hansson said. "I definitely could."

JACKSON'S SCHEDULE COMING TOGETHER: Gibbs defensive end Tim Jackson will make an official visit to North Carolina the second week of December. That will come one week after a trip to Stanford. Both schools are in his top eight, along with Iowa State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, USF, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Jackson has no favorite, but he was glad to see Stanford beat Southern California the previous weekend. "Coach (Jim Harbaugh) was always saying to me they were going to have a big season," Jackson said. "I was telling everybody they were going to beat USC."

reedy'S BIG NIGHT: Last week, Lakewood running back Bernard Reedy said he was told coaches from Florida State and Miami would be at his game Friday night. A day after his team beat Pasco, Reedy didn't know if the schools made it. If they did, they caught quite a show; Reedy had 379 total yards from scrimmage and two scores.

GREEN FINALIZING TRIPS: Tampa Catholic quarterback Christian Green, whom rates as one of the country's 100 best senior prospects, has official visits planned for Florida (next week) and USC (late December). Green, who previously visited Georgia, also will check out childhood favorite Florida State, but no date has been set.

SOAKING UP INTEREST: Tarpon Springs junior running back Darius Daniels, who rushed for 108 yards in Friday's 54-20 playoff win over Lake Weir, has gotten recent interest from Bowling Green and Connecticut. Adrian Golden, the player he shares carries with, was offered a scholarship last week by Georgia Military College, a two-year school. If Golden qualifies, though, look for some I-A program to scoop him up.

Have an athlete, in any sport, who should be featured in our weekly recruiting notebook? E-mail Keith Niebuhr at

Recruiting: Ivy League in PHU lineman's future? 11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:45pm]
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